Hate Crime

Islamic leader: Slaying of 3 North Carolina college students concerns Muslims worldwide

  • Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, left, the father of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, and Namee Barakat, right, the father of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, mourn during a funeral service at the Method Road Soccer Complex, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, on the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh, N.C. The three were shot to death Tuesday, Feb. 10, in what police described as a long-standing argument over parking spaces at the condominium complex where Barakat had lived for more than a year. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, left, the father of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, and Namee Barakat, right, the father of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, mourn during a funeral service at the Method Road Soccer Complex, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, on the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh, N.C. The three were shot to death Tuesday, Feb. 10, in what police described as a long-standing argument over parking spaces at the condominium complex where Barakat had lived for more than a year. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Farris Barakat, center right, mourns the loss of his brother Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, at the Method Road Soccer Complex, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, on the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh, N.C. The three were shot to death Tuesday, Feb. 10, in what police described as a long-standing argument over parking spaces at the condominium complex where Barakat had lived for more than a year. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Farris Barakat, center right, mourns the loss of his brother Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, at the Method Road Soccer Complex, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, on the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh, N.C. The three were shot to death Tuesday, Feb. 10, in what police described as a long-standing argument over parking spaces at the condominium complex where Barakat had lived for more than a year. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

The leader of the world's largest bloc of Muslim countries says the slaying of three college students in North Carolina has raised international concerns about "rising anti-Muslim sentiments and Islamophobic acts" in the United States.

According to a press release Saturday from the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Secretary General Iyad Madani calls on the U.S. government to take more steps to protect against "stereotyping, discrimination and profiling." Madani welcomed the FBI's investigation into the case and praised President Barack Obama for comments condemning the targeting of people for how they worship.

Police are investigating whether the killings were a hate crime, as the victims' family members contend. The OIC release says Madani thanks the American people for "rejecting the murder which bear the symptoms of a hate crime."